|Member of Parliament
7 November 1991 – 31 October 1995
|Preceded by||George Buckley|
|Succeeded by||Jon Trickett|
|Member of the European Parliament
for the Leeds
10 June 1979 – 17 June 1984
|Succeeded by||Michael McGowan|
|Born||2 August 1935
Thornaby-on-Tees, North Yorkshire, England
|Died||31 October 1995 (aged 60)|
|Spouse(s)||Jane Simmons; 4 children|
|Alma mater||Wadham College, Oxford|
Born in Thornaby-on-Tees, he attended St. Michael's College on St John's Road, Leeds (which has since merged with Mount St Mary's Catholic High School), then a grammar school. He was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, gaining a BA in Classics and a DipEd, and worked as a school teacher of classics at The John Fisher School, a Roman Catholic grammar school in Purley, London from 1959-1967.
He was elected as a Labour Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Leeds in 1979, staying until 1984. He was British Labour group spokesman on third world affairs and women's rights, and was later an EC delegate in Guinea Bissau. He contested Kent East in the 1984 European election. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Hemsworth, West Yorkshire from 1991 until his death in 1995.
Sings "Yellow Submarine" in Latin in the Commons chamber
On 2 March 1993, during a debate on the Education Reform Bill, Derek Enright mentioned that "To help my pupils discover what the optative and subjunctive are all about, I translated Beatles songs into Latin." Challenged by Nicholas Fairbairn to sing a Beatles song in Latin, Enright immediately stood up and did so, singing "Yellow Submarine" in Latin. The Deputy Speaker, Geoffrey Lofthouse, got him to curtail his performance by reminding Enright of the rules of the House: "Order. The hon. Gentleman has been a Member of the House long enough to know its rules full well."
He married Jane Simmons in 1963, and they had two sons and two daughters. He died from cancer aged 60. His son, Duncan Enright, is standing against David Cameron in Witney in the 2015 General Election.
- House of Commons "Hansard," 3 March 1993, column 176. Accessed 2 March 2013
- Derek Enright singing Yellow Submarine in Latin in the House of Commons (2 March 1993)
- Independent obituary
- They Work For You
- His contributions at Hansard
|New title||Member of the European Parliament for Leeds
1979 – 1984
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Hemsworth
1991 – 1995